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Can Colorado’s Deshorn Brown challenge for the MLS rookie scoring record?

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Deshorn Brown (26) of the Colorado Rapids, fights for possession of the ball against Brandon Barklage (25) of the New York Red Bulls during the second half of a MLS soccer match on July 4, 2013 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver. The Rapids defeated the Red Bulls 2-0. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Grant Hindsley)


If we’re being honest, Colorado rookie Deshorn Brown is a long way from Major League Soccer’s rookie scoring record.

But the young Rapids’ striker is certainly drawing close enough to mention it, at least.

During Thursday’s 2-0 win over New York, Brown hit goal number five of his impressive, initial campaign at Dicks Sporting Goods Park. Colorado is 19 games into its set of 34; Brown has played in 17 matches, starting 13 of them.

Thursday’s goal was pretty cinchy stuff, with another impressive young Rapids man, left back Chris Klute, doing most of the work. Still, the pacey attacker had two other good opportunities just after coming on in the second half.

So those five goals puts him slightly behind pace to catch Damani Ralph’s rookie record of 11, set back in 2003 with Chicago. Still, five goals and four assists for the forward from Jamaica (by way of the University of Central Florida) is prodigious stuff for the 22-year-old.

Consider that Darren Mattocks hit seven last year in 21 matches for Vancouver, and we all talked about that guy like he was a Didier Drogba starter kit.

Brown was the Rapids’ first-round pick in January, No. 6 overall.

Here is video from Thursday’s 2-0 win over New York, where Brown gets the Rapids’ second goal: